How to Care for Women’s Leather Shoes: Your Ultimate Guide

You have bought a beautiful pair of pumps that made you feel like a million dollars? But how do you care for your women’s leather shoes, and keep them looking as new as the day you first pulled them out of the box?   There is a lot of information on how to care for men’s leather shoes out there. But not when it comes to women’s sexy sandals and beautiful boots. In fact, tips on how to maintain their sparkling box-fresh appearance are sparse. That’s why Lux Commune has put together this guide on how to care for your women’s leather shoes. From business like brogues to skyscraper stilettos we’ve got you covered.


Leather is still the go-to material for shoes due to its durability and flexibility. We started making leather shoes over five thousand years ago. Back then, shoes were made from deer and bearskin to combat the snow in the Italian Alps.  The term ‘leather’ is just a catchall – it covers skins, tanning methods, and treatments that include all sorts of types of leather for every occasion. 


Pigskin leather is one of the most popular used in the manufacture of quality footwear. It’s also used to make footballs. Now machines can produce enough pigskin to be chrome tanned which makes it even more durable. The process uses a solution of chemicals, acids, and salts (including chromium sulfate) to tan the hide.  In a day you can produce a piece of tanned leather. Did you know all the hides then come out looking light blue? (Known as “wet blue). Another aspect of pigskin is that it readily accepts dyes which means it can be produced in the wide variety of colors used for women’s shoes.


As the name suggests, calfskin comes from young cattle usually younger than four weeks old. It’s almost exclusively used in higher-quality men’s and women’s dress shoes. This means it can also be more than twice as expensive as regular side leather.


The most versatile leather, full-grain side leather is used for the uppers of shoes. It’s very versatile, durable, and malleable. And as well as that, it’s very breathable.


As the name suggests, this leather comes from the skins of creatures classed as exotic. Crocodile, Ostrich, Shark, and Lizard all fall into this category for you.  You must be careful you are buying shoes made from these kinds of leathers from reputable sources. For example, crocodile leather should come from animals legally farmed in The South Pacific and in South Africa. Ostrich also comes from farm-raised animals (Australia is a producer) and are generally soft and very easy to shape.  The leather from sharks is extremely resistant and resilient.


The leather used to make Lux Commune leather shoes comes from calves that are brought up in the kindest and most sustainable conditions in Brazil. Designer Emily Cunich wanted to guarantee Lux Commune suppliers didn’t get any product from sources that endanger the natural environment, including the Amazon rainforest, as well as the people in the supply chain. You can check out the latest styles HERE.

What You Need to Clean and Care for Women’s Leather Shoes Before you even get started, check what type of leather your shoes are made of. Treated and untreated leather is cleaned in different ways.  Here are some go-to items to help with the cleaning process.  *A soft, clean toothbrush *A soft cloth *Shoe polish: cream and/or wash When it comes to large spots of mud, your toothbrush and soft cloth are the best option.  Use a soft damp cloth to gently buff other dirt spots.  Always use the same colour shoe polish as your shoes. And work across the shoe in a circular motion. Then use another cloth to remove the polish.  Then buff your shoes with a cloth or a brush.